Topics :: Middle East

Jordan Arrests 10 Gays and Lesbians For Holding a Reception

By Winnie McCroy | Friday Feb 28, 2014
Jordan authorities arrested 10 alleged gays and lesbians this week for holding a get-together at a party hall in east Amman.

Kuwait May Use ’Gaydar’ to Ban Gays From Country

By Jason St. Amand | Tuesday Oct 8, 2013
Kuwait health officials announced this week that the country may use technology that apparently can "detect" sexual orientation in order to block gays from entering the country.

State Dept: Posts in 19 Cities to Remain Closed

By Alicia A. Caldwell and Eileen Sullivan | Monday Aug 5, 2013
U.S. diplomatic posts in 19 cities in the Mideast and Africa will remain closed for the rest of the week amid intercepted "chatter" about terror threats, which lawmakers briefed on the information likened to intelligence picked up before the Sept. 11, 200

Israel’s Tel Aviv Holds Annual Gay Pride Parade

Friday Jun 7, 2013
Tel Aviv’s annual gay pride parade is kicking off with floats and rainbow flags fluttering across the city.

Dubai Returns to Mega-Projects After Fiscal Dive

By BRIAN MURPHY | Tuesday Dec 11, 2012
Dubai is suddenly rediscovering its old habits. That means relentless hype and construction plans loaded with superlatives. Case in point: A proposed Taj Mahal replica four times bigger than the original.

12 Gay Men Face Execution by Libyan Militia

By Jason St. Amand | Tuesday Nov 27, 2012
An extremist militia group out of Libya have reportedly captured 12 alleged gay men and say on their Facebook page that they plan to mutilate and execute them.

NOM Sets Sights on Starbucks for Gay Marriage Support

By Jason St. Amand | Wednesday Nov 14, 2012
A leading anti-gay marriage group is targeting Starbucks for its support and has launched a campaign that aims to warn the coffee company’s Middle Eastern customers about its pro-gay stance.

Transgender Pakistanis Face Society’s Scorn

By Anjum Naveed | Friday Nov 9, 2012
Transgender people live in a tenuous position in conservative Pakistan, where the roles of the sexes are traditionally starkly drawn. Families often push them out of the home when they’re young, forcing many to prostitute themselves to earn a living.

Indie Lebanese Band Voices Hopes of Arab Youth

By Diaa Hadid | Monday Sep 24, 2012
A Lebanese indie band, headed by an openly gay singer, is trying to address the difficult and sometimes taboo issues of Middle Eastern societies through their music.

Study Shows HIV Rates Skyrocketing in Middle East

By Kilian Melloy | Friday Aug 5, 2011
A new study by the Public Library of Science (PLoS) indicates that HIV rates are spiking in Middle Eastern countries, driven by young male sex workers, long-haul truckers, incarcerated men, and straight men who have sex with other men.